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as many men as it could usefully hold, are all features of this transaction which mark it as one of the most extraordinary of the age. From Gen. Floyd's camp. Col. R. H. Glass writes from Floyd's camp, Sept. 15, an interesting letter to the Lynchburg Republican, from which we make an extract: *** Had Gen. Wise reinforced us with 1,000 men, or, had it been possible for the N. Carolina and Georgia regiments to have come to our assistance in time, we could doubtless have whipped Rosencranz as badly on the morning of the 11th as we had done on the evening of the 10th. Indeed, we think it highly probable we could have whipped him anyhow; but, as retreat would have been impossible under the fire of the enemy, and in the possible event of a defeat we should all have been slaughtered or captured, our prudent General thought it dangerous to hazard so much upon the cast of a single die. To retire to this side of the Ganley, therefore, was the only safe alternative left us, an
lorious cause they represent upon the field. These Colonels both fought through the Mexican war, the former having been wounded six times. The movement of Rosencranz, the other day, in getting away from Lee and Loring, and precipitating his forces upon us, was a brilliant one, and shows that officer to be far superior to anyll have to take back with him a flea in his ear, which will tickle anything but his vanity. I have read the Northern telegraphic account of our battle with Rosencranz. It represents that we had five thousand men and sixteen pieces of artillery, when the truth is, we only had 1,750 men and six pieces of artillery, four pieces that their loss was equally "terrific," or, they the greatest cowards that ever trod a step to the sound of martial music. On Wednesday and Thursday last, Rosencranz built new boats and threw some 5,000 of his men across to this side of Ganley, his purpose doubtless being to form a junction with General Cox's forces, which w
eld. He is to be followed by several thousand of his troops from Huntersville. The Government has also dispatched all the regiments available at Lynchburg to the reinforcement of General Floyd; insomuch, that if a fight does not come off with Rosencranz in the meantime, we shall have on that line of operations, by the end of this week, nearly twelve thousand men, counting the sick and the well, exclusive of General Lee's army from Huntersville. These circumstances show very plainly that td legs and a plenty of ammunition. The best General for such an army is he who will keep them most actively on the march and most constantly loading and firing. Physical exertion is the great thing in mountain warfare; the refined strategy of science can have no play. While General Lee was weaving ingenious webs of strategy about Cheat Mountain, Rosencranz was legging it down to the Gauley. Legs and powder and ball do much better in the mountains than even the science of a Vauban or a Lee.
structed its grand jury to indict, and they have accordingly indicted, several hundred worthy citizens of that region for treason. Among those thus branded as traitors by the abominable Lincoln dynasty, we may mention the venerable Gen. T. S. Haymond, of Marion county, who is now in this city, and a number of other refugees from that section. Col. W. J. Willey is also under the ban. So, also, are many worthy and loyal Virginians whose circumstances would not allow them to leave home. These cases call with a lond voice upon the Confederate Government to do all in its power to extend its authority over that portion of our State. Let Rosencranz, Reynolds, and their followers, aiders, and abettors, be expelled by a powerful army, and the true men be enabled to feel the protecting arm of a nation which is "a power in the earth." We feel certain that the Confederate authorities experience a lively interest to the welfare of the people of Northwestern Virginia who are true to the South.
e Wilderness road from Summersville, or the road from Bowyer's ferry on New River. At this point General Floyd is stationed with what of his command is left after the four regiments taken forward by General Lee, and is very strongly fortified. General Wise is west of Meadow Bluff, fifteen miles, on Sewell mountain, in a very strong position. The four regiments taken up to him by Gen. Lee will increase our force there to about five thousand men.--This number was doubtless attacked by Rosencranz on Wednesday last at the head of fourteen thousand. It was hoped that Generals Lee and Wise would be able to hold the position and check the enemy; if not, they would withdraw to Meadow Bluff, where no doubt is entertained but that the united force of the two commands could repel the enemy. The public will look with intense interest for the result of these attacks of Robencranz. A fine Mississippi regiment, under Col. Russell, and four hundred of Col. Phillips's Legion, of Georgia, reac
is established. New Arrangement of military Departments. An order has been issued from the War Department that the Military Department of Ohio will, in future, consist of the State of that name. Indiana, and so much of Kentucky as lies within fifteen miles of Cincinnati, under the command of Brig. Gen. Mitchell, of the U. S. Vols. Headquarters at Cincinnati. So much of Virginia as lies west of the Blue Ridge Mountains will constitute in future a separate command, under Brig. Gen. Rosencranz. Headquarters in the field. Resignation of officers — Appointments. About a hundred and fifty officers of the Federal army (volunteers) have, from various causes, resigned since the 5th inst. Horatio Yates Wright, formerly Assistant Professor of Engineering at West Point; Edward Otho, Ord. of the 3d Artillery; and Wm. Nelson, of Ky., have been appointed Brigadier Generals. Escape of a Rebel prisoner. The local column of the Republican contains the following no
pirit. The regularity of its movement, and the close order of the men, and the absence of stragglers, indicate much more than ordinary discipline. Generals Floyd and Wise, according to common report in town, have both declared that before Rosencranz shall enter Lewisburg they will die opposing him. There is a variety of rumors constantly on the wing in regard to the movements of Rosencranz. Some say that the has been near to General Wise and has retired to Dogwood Gap — others that hRosencranz. Some say that the has been near to General Wise and has retired to Dogwood Gap — others that he is slowly approaching, while many think that he will not dare leave Gauley after his severe loss and failure to grasp his supposed prey. Cortainly, he can be sure that Generals Floyd and Wise, and their men, will fight to the last. The last battle at the heights of Gauley has opened his eyes to the fact that our brave troops will dispute every inch of ground with him. Telegraph poles, to be delivered within ten days, on the road between Staunton and White Sulphur Springs, are called for
Every movement that Gen. Floyd has made from the time he left Lewisburg on his way to Ganley, to the present time, is worthy of the highest commendation. He has not made a single mistake in his campaign thus far.--His march to the Gauley river, driving the enemy before him — his crossing the river in front of the enemy, under many disadvantages — his meeting the enemy shortly afterwards at Cross Lanes, and routing him with great loss — his fortifying at Gauley, and afterwards encountering Rosencranz, who had 8,000 men against 1,700--his fighting such a powerful antagonist for four hours, and repulsing him with great slaughter — his falling back over the river in the night, saving all his stores and baggage, except is few articles for which there was no way of transportation — and then his destroying the boats and the bridge, and all this without losing a man — afford the most indubitable evidence of Gen. Floyd's fitness to command an army. We joined him at Camp Ganley about an
ened them from view.--Gen. Floyd was ordered forward from Meadow Bluff to Join Gen. Lee with the remainder of his command, and it is probable that, with other reinforcements, we have now 6,000 men at Big Sewell Mountain. There is a report that Rosencranz had gone back to Cheat Mountain; but whether Rosencranz or Cox be in command, Gen. Wise is sanguine that Gen. Lee will whip the enemy and drive him back. The position at Big Sewell is a very strong one, and seems to have been well chosen by GeRosencranz or Cox be in command, Gen. Wise is sanguine that Gen. Lee will whip the enemy and drive him back. The position at Big Sewell is a very strong one, and seems to have been well chosen by Gen. Wise as a stand point. The most intense anxiety prevails to hear additional news from the West, but the bridges on the two railroads. beyond Lynchburg and Staunton, having been damaged by the heavy rains, some delay must be occasioned in the transmission of dispatches.--Gen. Henningsen, who has been attached to Gen. Wise's staff, also arrived in Richmond on Saturday. Most exaggerated rumors were in circulation yesterday respecting affairs on the Potomac. We have reliable information t
and the Ohio river. On the 15th and 16th Gen. Floyd was industriously occupied throwing up field-works to the westward of the summit of Big Sewell. The position, however, was not one tenable against a superior force, and this Gen. Floyd seems to have found out. On the night of the 16th to the 17th he made a very precipitate retreat from the Big Sewell with about 3,000 men to Meadow Bluff, destroying much baggage and abandoning much provision. His troops were under the impression that Gen. Rosencranz was pressing on with 15,000 men. After passing the Wise Legion he ordered General Wise, on the following day, to prepare to cover his rear and to follow him to Meadow Bluff, having information that the enemy was advancing one column by the Wilderness road. It was impossible for General Wise to comply with both orders, even had they been positive, and in fact one was not executable at all. It was only by maintaining its position at all hazards that the Legion could protect the rear
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